8/31/2017 3:15:53 PM News

NAFC Marine Centre UHI, Shetland offers new Aquaculture degree.

Shetland Degree

Senior fish farm staff from five salmon-farming companies have enrolled on a ground-breaking new professional development programme in Aquaculture Management developed by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI.

The current intake, including seven students from Shetland salmon farms and six from elsewhere in Scotland, are the first to enrol on NAFC's new degree level Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Management. This programme is the first of its kind in the UK  and has been developed by NAFC staff in response to demand from Scottish fish farming companies to enable experienced fish farm staff to gain a qualification in senior management while working in the industry.

The flexible training programme, which will normally take about 24 months to complete, uses distance learning technology to allow candidates to study at times and places that suit them and which fit in with their work and other commitments. Candidates can enrol on the programme at any time and are supported and assessed by NAFC staff throughout their training. 

Course leader Stuart Fitzsimmons said that “following the successful introduction of our Modern Apprenticeships in Aquaculture for new and experienced fish farm staff, we had a lot of interest from aquaculture companies in a training programme for their managers. 

Full details of the new courses are available on the NAFC's website>> 

Further information is available from Stuart Fitzsimmons (stuart.fitzsimmons@uhi.ac.uk), T: 01595 772103.